It's National Safety Week on the Slopes, so I probably shouldn't be promoting fast skiing. Let me just preface with "leave it to the pros," and "don't try this at home." But check out this amazing alpine speed run in Switzerland Jan 16. Johan Clarey of France set an unofficial speed record of 100.59 mph during his Downhill training run at the FIS World Cup in Wengen, Switzerland. Ok, that's fast.
The Hanneggschuss is considered the longest and fastest Downhill course on the World Cup Tour, men's world cup racers hit their top speed on a straightaway at the two-minute mark on this legendary 2 1/2-minute run before the final s-turn.
Guenter Hujara, FIS men's race director said, "We don't go for speed records, (however) we can let the racers go straight in this section of the Hanneggschuss because it is not that risky."
While the super fast French Clarey hit the highest speed, the World Cup win went to Italian Christof Innerhofer, on Saturday, Jan 19. He clocked 99 mph officially, the first Italian to win the Wengen Downhill in 16 years. Marco Sullivan was the top finisher for the US Ski Team at 13th. US Ski champion Bode Miller has sidelined himself for the rest of the season citing a need to heal from another knee surgery and to prepare for the 2014 Sochi Russia Winter Olympics. If you follow Miller and his volleyball star bride Morgan Beck on twitter, you know he's been dealing with some personal stuff too.
Slow down, enjoy and I'll see you on the slopes!
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.